Eastlink will spend $125 million to bring high-speed internet to rural communities across the province, including Greater Sudbury.
The investment, which is part of the provincial government's Accelerated High Speed Internet Program, will bring internet to nearly 10,000 homes and business in the communities of Huron, Bruce, and Lambton, as well as Sudbury.
"This project builds nicely on our existing presence across hundreds of rural Ontario communities,” said Steve Irvine, CTO and senior VP of engineering for Eastlink.
Irvine said the money will allow the company to span 2,500 km of new fibre and will provide the infrastructure needed for future enhancements in additional communities.
“Our team has begun the initial design and permitting work and looks forward to getting the physical build started,” he said.
Some $35 million will go directly to residents in the Greater Sudbury region and will reach more than 3,200 homes.
“We are still in the process of finalizing the details including finalizing exact civic addresses, completing the design work, permitting/pole access, procuring fiber and equipment,” said public affairs director Jill Liang. “We are very excited to get started.”
Eastlink said the project was part of its ongoing investment in rural Canada. Over the past 10 years, it said it it has spent more $1 billon on fibre and mobile networks in small communities across the country.
"As a company deeply rooted in rural Canada, we're so pleased to share news of these significant projects, particularly at a time when the need and demand has never been greater," said CEO Jeff Gillham.
He said the project “will help strengthen local economies providing greater opportunities for both residents and business while improving access to important programs and services in health and education among other sectors.”
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Mia Jensen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Sudbury Star